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Feminism may be understood both as a movement for social justice, and as a cross-disciplinary field within theory, focused on gendered-related forms of power and subordination. Since the 1990s, different strands of feminist thought have greatly contributed to the hybridization of knowledges, in contradistinction to the traditional configurations of patriarchal, male-dominated, hetero-normative thought, which privilege universality, rationality and abstraction over against corporeality (Rosi Braidotti). The dimension of ethical commitment to social transformation inspiring feminism is clearly manifested in the realm of education, an area which allows for inclusionary approaches and connects cultural practices to social life. Feminist pedagogies stress inter-relationality and processuality, seeking to develop creativity through cooperation and the sharing of experience, information, skills and affect.

Genealogies of practice

  • La lotta non è finita ("La lucha no ha terminado" / "The struggle isn’t over yet")  (Italia) Collettivo Femminista di Cinema, 1971
    A documentary on the Italian feminist movement’s struggle, and its internal debates and reflections on issues such as sexuality, abortion, violence and work. The film shows ironical situations and moments of confrontation, interspersed with footage of the events on March 8th, 1972, and March 8th, 1973.

  • Red Skirts On Clydeside  (UK / Reino Unido) Sheffield Film Co-op, 1983
    Red Skirts on Clydeside charts Glasgow rent strike, organised through the Women's Housing Association during the First World War. With many men fighting at the front, the women left behind were seen as vulnerable by landlords, and massive rent increases became the norm. The women organised an effective opposition and the strikes soon spread and became such an overwhelming success, that the government introduced legislation to restrict rents to the pre-war level. The film reasserts the spirit that led to that victory, examines the conflict, and offers a reappraisal of women’s historical achievements.

  • Born in Flames  (EUA) Lizzie Borden, 1983
    A 1983 documentary-style feminist science fiction film by Lizzie Borden that explores racism, classism, sexism and hetero-sexism in an alternative United States socialist democracy. Regarded as a landmark of independent feminist cinema, Born in Flames critically examines the categories of gender, class and ethnicity as depicted in the media.


  • The Subject of Feminist Film Theory/Practice Claire Johnston, 1980, Screen, vol, 21, no2

  • A Fragile Existence: Analysing Women’s Film and Video Distribution in the UK. Julia Knight & Peter Thomas, 2005,

  • La re-politización del feminismo, activismo y microdiscursos posidentitarios. Miriam Solà, 2012, Desacuerdos. Sobre arte, políticas y esfera pública en el Estado español. Cuaderno 7

  • The Feminism and Visual Culture Reader. Amelia Jones, 2003, New York: Routledge

  • Mediaciones y Traslaciones. Gramáticas visuales de la violencia machista desde la universidad.  Amparo Navarro y Cristina Vega. 2007, Madrid: Traficantes de sueños.
    Research supported by audiovisual material with the corresponding viewing guide, intended as educational resource exploring the visual grammar of symbolic violence at/ from the university. The book analyses violence in the production of knowledge, communication and public cultural imaginaries whose hegemony is at stake. Lecturers, students and feminist groups have cooperated in this open-ended, and inevitably partial, investigation, engaging in a cross-disciplinary conversation that questions/ mobilizes the fields of education in art, medicine, health sciences, law, journalism and social science.

  • Heresies: A Feminist Publication on Art & Politics. Heresies Collective (Nueva York), 1977-1992.,

  • 5000 feminismos. Cecilia Barriga. España, 2010,
    Commissioned by Spain’s coalition of feminist organizations, this film documents the conference at Granada in December 2009- which in turn commemorated another conference, of great significance in the history of feminism in Spain, held in the same place thirty years earlier. Utilizing footage recorded by some of the participants, the film attempts to convey not only the theoretical debates, but also the atmosphere of reflection, enthusiasm and revolt leading to a demonstration of 5000 women.

  • Sisters! Petra Bauer. Suecia-Reino Unido/Sweden-UK 2011,
    Sisters! is a collaboration between Swedish artist Petra Bauer and the Southall Black Sisters. Documenting one week in the life of the organisation, the film takes their daily activities as a springboard for a visual discussion on feminism, politics and aesthetics in today’s London. The film asks what happens when questions from the 1970s Women’s Liberation Movement (particularly those explored by feminist film collectives from the time) are posed in a contemporary political setting; and consequently what are the important feminist issues of today and what are the pressing issues for today’s black and minority women?